Can My Body Reject Breast Implants? | Breast Augmentation | The Plastic Surgery Clinic

Hi, I’m Dr. Frank Lista here at The Plastic
Surgery Clinic and we’re doing consultations today where patients come in and talk to me
about surgery. And I’ve had a few patients in the last couple of days ask me the same
question: “can my body reject a breast implant?” Well, here’s a breast implant. This is a cohesive
gel breast implant, one of the most common implants that we use. They also come in saline.
So the short answer is no. You can’t reject a breast implant the way you would reject
an organ, like a kidney transplant. That reaction – rejection – is an autoimmune reaction, or
a reaction where your immune system attacks the organ. That doesn’t happen with breast
implants because they don’t initiate an autoimmune response. So the answer is no, you can’t get
rejection, and I’ve never seen it, I’ve been a plastic surgeon for 25 years and I’ve never
read about it in the medical literature. Your body, though, can react to an implant, giving
you a condition called capsular contracture. Capsular contracture is a condition where
your body forms scar tissue around the implant. If you have too much scar tissue, then the
scar tissue can get tight and squeeze the implant and make your breasts feel hard. If
it’s really hard, it could actually hurt, but otherwise the breast looks fine but just
feels hard when you touch it. It’s not your breast going hard, and it’s not your implant
going hard, it’s just the scar tissue squeezing the implant like this, and when you touch
it that makes it feel hard. So that’s called capsular contracture. It’s not a rejection,
it’s a reaction to the implant. So people say, well what happens if I get capsular contracture?
Well, first of all, it’s really rare, somewhere between 1 and 3% – super low. In fact, we’ve
just published a paper showing, with smooth implants placed in our clinic, over 1,000
cases, our capsular contracture rate is 1.3%, the lowest published rate of any capsular
contracture paper in the world, and so that’s really good. If you are one of the unlucky
1 or 2% to get that, then there’s an operation we can do to fix it, and that operation goes
in, we change the implant and release the scar tissue, and that usually works. Sometimes,
though, it doesn’t work and if it doesn’t work then the patient has a choice: either
live with the implant the way it is, or remove it. And if you remove it, the hardness goes
away. Lots of people decide just to leave it if the second operation fails and if they
leave it, the breast looks okay, it just feels hard if you touch it. So the answer is: no,
you can’t reject, your body can’t reject an implant, you can develop capsular contracture,
which is scar tissue, but that’s pretty rare and we can usually fix it. And our super low
rate of capsular contracture is just a reflection of how well we do things here at The Plastic
Surgery Clinic because we want your operation to look great and we want it to be super safe.
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4 thoughts on “Can My Body Reject Breast Implants? | Breast Augmentation | The Plastic Surgery Clinic

  1. This doesn't really describe what they are made of. Do the implant manufacturers give you an ingredient list? Do you actually know what the chemical composition is? What if patients have a reaction to the chemical makeup or metals?

  2. that's a lie your body can reject anything foreign no matter what it is made of. the capsule surrounding the implant is part of the rejection process. also alcl cancer has a direct link to breast implants but you're not going to tell patients that because if they don't get augmentation you make no money. for anyone who reads this look up breast implant illness before you decide

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